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Why a school created a wellness​ room for teachers

We've seen wellness and mindfulnessrooms for students, but this public school decided to create one for their teachers. For more than 30 years Debbi Rakowsky attended to the health and happiness of students. She served as the district social worker of the Three Village School District on Long Island, New York. However, over the past ten years, Rakowsky started to notice a shift amongst the staff. Teachers and faculty would frequently come to her and vent about the stresses that are involved in education. "A lot that has to do with the complex parent and family needs and the high stake job demands," says Rakowsky. "For me, when I started in the districtschool was a very safe place for people to go. And one of the things that happens a lot with teachers these days is they go through this rehearsed trauma. Where the first day of school we're learning about what you do if an armed shooter comes into your school and how do you protect your students." Rokowsky had dedicatedher life to hel...

38 MIN1 d ago
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Why a school created a wellness​ room for teachers

Data Dive - How students use computers to analyze sports, rap, & books

What if we could use data to determine the best rapper? “Who’s the best rap artist?”This a question that one of Peter Nilsson’s high school students wanted to answer. For most high schoolers, it’s subjective. Is it Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, or someone else? Students could debate the topic until they’re blue in the face. But what if those students could prove who’s the best? What if they could come up with a qualitative answer? What if they could use computers to analyze rap lyrics and determine which rapper has the most significant use of internal rhyme? In Nilsson’s class atDeerfield Academy, they did just that. Creating Knowledge Nilsson an English teacher by trade but he has also helped students dive into the world of the digital humanities. In his class, students learned how to use computers to parse through massiveamounts of text and answer questions that may otherwise seem unanswerable. Nilsson calls itdistant reading. And his students didn’t stop their research with ra...

43 MIN1 w ago
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Data Dive - How students use computers to analyze sports, rap, & books

Why you shouldn't discourage students from using their fingers in math class

The "math person" myth Far too frequently educators hear students say "I'm not a math person." Often, childrenand even adults convincethemselves that they're "built" for other subjects like history or the arts. But Dr. Jo Boaler is on a mission to prove that the idea of a "math person" is amyth. Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and the faculty director of youcubed.org. She believes (and science backs her up) that we all have the potential to be great at math. So what are we doing wrong? When asked what we're doing wrong right now with math education, Boaler says, "Where do I start?" Credit: YouCubed.Org Boaler believes an emphasis on speed can be devastating in the classroom. She says it'sparticularly damaging when littlekids are expected tomemorize and regurgitatelots of math facts. "At that point, when they're given those timed tests, many of them develop math anxiety, and from that point onwards, it's downhill for them," says Boaler. Boaler al...

39 MIN2 w ago
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Why you shouldn't discourage students from using their fingers in math class

Trump decries "fake news," but what do we tell our students?

How do you navigate "fake news" with your students?Let's face it. We live in a politically divided country. President Donald Trump often describes news stories as "fake news." He's listed the New York Times, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN as the "enemy of the people," and he's on record saying that 80% of media is fake news. So what responsibility do teachers have to reconcile these comments with students? And how do educators wade into the political turmoil without getting complaints from politically charged parents? The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 Tackle fake news without being political"Lots of educators are afraid of having that talk," says Jaquelyn Whiting. "And I understand why they're afraid of having that talk." "I begin every conversation about media literacy by saying, while we are in the room together, we are not going to use the term...

43 MIN3 w ago
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Trump decries "fake news," but what do we tell our students?

What is Decision Education and are you teaching it?

Most educators will agree that school is more than just teaching academics. It’s about teaching life lessons that prepare our children for the future. In fact, we all make thousands of decisions a day. So shouldn't we begin teaching the psychology of decision making to our students? Our guest on Episode 119 of Class Dismissed is a former high school English teacher and the Senior Educational Content Designer for the Alliance for Decision Education. Jillian Hardgrove says they're trying to help students recognize the need to make a decision, as well as develop skillful processes that are involved in making a decision. "We have the attitude that it's better to learn these things when you're young and you have the opportunities to practice them, rather than waiting for something negative to happen," says Hardgrove. Hardgrove and her colleagues at the Alliance for Decision Education offer a few different programs and resources to educators. HabitWise When students dream about their car...

32 MINSEP 24
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What is Decision Education and are you teaching it?

How to keep your passion for teaching fueled

Softening the blow for new teachers In Episode 118 of Class Dismissed we talk with Chase Mielke about ways new teachers can keep their flame for educating ignited. After a decade of reflection Mielke compiled a list of what he calls his five "Passion Stokers" for educators. * Find a positive tribe* Curate the good, don't hoard the bad* Forgive* Own your present and future* Craft your calling Mielke, who has been teaching for over a decade in Michigan is quick to acknowledge that many teachers will fight burnout at some point and he believes much of that burnout will come from something other than students. "The main cause I think stems from a lot of conflicts and perceptions that a are adult-driven rather than student-driven," says Milke. Mielke says a lack of autonomy or respect, colleague conflict, and struggles connecting with parents are leading causes of teacher burnout. Practice what you preach Mielke, who authored "The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again", says ther...

45 MINSEP 17
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How to keep your passion for teaching fueled

Is your student data safe?

Cybersecurity Incidents Strike Often A recent report highlighted on EdSurge says a new cybersecurity incident strikes K-12 schools nearly every three days. Now more than ever, school districts are reliant on using computers and servers to store student and employee data and burden of securing that data is a massive undertaking for educators. For most districts, the challenge of protecting data is a chief responsibility for the director of technology. The person charged with guarding that data has to plan for attacks in several forms, which include but are not limited to. * Denial of Service Attacks* Phishing Scams* Ransomware How to "mitigate" the problem? "The key is not complete containment. That is not possible," says SchoolStatus CEO Russ Davis. "The gold standard is mitigation." Davis has been working with school districts for over a decade and he says there are steps districts can take to reduce risk to a reasonable amount. Davis believes that districts need to have policies a...

52 MINSEP 11
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Is your student data safe?

Inquiry-Based​ Learning with Trevor MacKenzie

What is Inquiry-Based Learning? In Episode 116 we talk with Inquiry-Based Learning expert Trevor MacKenzie. MacKenzie has authored two books on the topic and just returned from an Australian Tour in which he was spreading the word about Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL). For MacKenzie, IBL is all about getting the students to have a more active roll in the class and exploring students questions and curiosities as entry points into the curriculum. "Sometimes that teacher is in the front of the room and leading the way so to speak," says MacKenzie. "Sometimes that teacher is that guide along the ride. Someone who facilitating and supporting learnings." Makenzie, who trains educators around the globe on how to implement IBL says they're trying to do is give the classroom experience over to the students. He says students should be able to take ownership of what they're learning. Where does an educator begin? Makenzie pushes for a gradual release of responsibility from the teacher to the stud...

32 MINSEP 4
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Inquiry-Based​ Learning with Trevor MacKenzie

Residency programs work for doctors, so how about teachers?

"The start of something big" When most students attend a university to get a medical, nursing, or pharmacy degree, they typically participate in a residency program. So it should come as no surprise to hear that Universities around the country are now testing similar programs for teachers. Over the next several years, Dr. Ben Burnett, of Williams Carey University, will be piloting a teacher residency program in South Mississippi. Dr. Ben Burnett. Dean, School of Education, William Carey University "Doesn't it make sense that somebody taking care of our children would go out and do a residency within the school building and see what that's like?" says Burnett. Burnett knows that a teacher residency program won't just better prepare future teachers; he believes it will improve teacher retention. He says the nation is down 35% in undergraduate teacher education over the last decade. But this year WCU is experiencing a 25% spike. "We're hoping to be on the start of something big." With ...

46 MINAUG 28
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Residency programs work for doctors, so how about teachers?

Ways to energize students at the start of the school year

Lay a foundation with your students on day one On the first day or two of school, it can be tempting to want to lay the ground rules. You know, set the expectations about workload, go over the rules, and fill out required forms. ButRick Wormeliwants to challenge educators to think differently this year. Wormeli, who is one of the first Nationally Board Certified Teachers in America, says that students want to know that you're going to transcend their current condition and help them aspire to something more than they are. "And when all they [students] get is more rules and regulations they realize one more year where there's nothing here for me." Wormeli recommends laying a foundation of meaningful relationships with students by mixing in activities that allow you to get to know and understand where the students are coming from. Wormeli recently listed ways this can be accomplished in a recent article he penned forAMLE, and he elaborates on those ideas in Episode 114 of the Class Dis...

36 MINAUG 20
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Ways to energize students at the start of the school year

Latest Episodes

Why a school created a wellness​ room for teachers

We've seen wellness and mindfulnessrooms for students, but this public school decided to create one for their teachers. For more than 30 years Debbi Rakowsky attended to the health and happiness of students. She served as the district social worker of the Three Village School District on Long Island, New York. However, over the past ten years, Rakowsky started to notice a shift amongst the staff. Teachers and faculty would frequently come to her and vent about the stresses that are involved in education. "A lot that has to do with the complex parent and family needs and the high stake job demands," says Rakowsky. "For me, when I started in the districtschool was a very safe place for people to go. And one of the things that happens a lot with teachers these days is they go through this rehearsed trauma. Where the first day of school we're learning about what you do if an armed shooter comes into your school and how do you protect your students." Rokowsky had dedicatedher life to hel...

38 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Why a school created a wellness​ room for teachers

Data Dive - How students use computers to analyze sports, rap, & books

What if we could use data to determine the best rapper? “Who’s the best rap artist?”This a question that one of Peter Nilsson’s high school students wanted to answer. For most high schoolers, it’s subjective. Is it Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, or someone else? Students could debate the topic until they’re blue in the face. But what if those students could prove who’s the best? What if they could come up with a qualitative answer? What if they could use computers to analyze rap lyrics and determine which rapper has the most significant use of internal rhyme? In Nilsson’s class atDeerfield Academy, they did just that. Creating Knowledge Nilsson an English teacher by trade but he has also helped students dive into the world of the digital humanities. In his class, students learned how to use computers to parse through massiveamounts of text and answer questions that may otherwise seem unanswerable. Nilsson calls itdistant reading. And his students didn’t stop their research with ra...

43 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Data Dive - How students use computers to analyze sports, rap, & books

Why you shouldn't discourage students from using their fingers in math class

The "math person" myth Far too frequently educators hear students say "I'm not a math person." Often, childrenand even adults convincethemselves that they're "built" for other subjects like history or the arts. But Dr. Jo Boaler is on a mission to prove that the idea of a "math person" is amyth. Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and the faculty director of youcubed.org. She believes (and science backs her up) that we all have the potential to be great at math. So what are we doing wrong? When asked what we're doing wrong right now with math education, Boaler says, "Where do I start?" Credit: YouCubed.Org Boaler believes an emphasis on speed can be devastating in the classroom. She says it'sparticularly damaging when littlekids are expected tomemorize and regurgitatelots of math facts. "At that point, when they're given those timed tests, many of them develop math anxiety, and from that point onwards, it's downhill for them," says Boaler. Boaler al...

39 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Why you shouldn't discourage students from using their fingers in math class

Trump decries "fake news," but what do we tell our students?

How do you navigate "fake news" with your students?Let's face it. We live in a politically divided country. President Donald Trump often describes news stories as "fake news." He's listed the New York Times, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN as the "enemy of the people," and he's on record saying that 80% of media is fake news. So what responsibility do teachers have to reconcile these comments with students? And how do educators wade into the political turmoil without getting complaints from politically charged parents? The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 Tackle fake news without being political"Lots of educators are afraid of having that talk," says Jaquelyn Whiting. "And I understand why they're afraid of having that talk." "I begin every conversation about media literacy by saying, while we are in the room together, we are not going to use the term...

43 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Trump decries "fake news," but what do we tell our students?

What is Decision Education and are you teaching it?

Most educators will agree that school is more than just teaching academics. It’s about teaching life lessons that prepare our children for the future. In fact, we all make thousands of decisions a day. So shouldn't we begin teaching the psychology of decision making to our students? Our guest on Episode 119 of Class Dismissed is a former high school English teacher and the Senior Educational Content Designer for the Alliance for Decision Education. Jillian Hardgrove says they're trying to help students recognize the need to make a decision, as well as develop skillful processes that are involved in making a decision. "We have the attitude that it's better to learn these things when you're young and you have the opportunities to practice them, rather than waiting for something negative to happen," says Hardgrove. Hardgrove and her colleagues at the Alliance for Decision Education offer a few different programs and resources to educators. HabitWise When students dream about their car...

32 MINSEP 24
Comments
What is Decision Education and are you teaching it?

How to keep your passion for teaching fueled

Softening the blow for new teachers In Episode 118 of Class Dismissed we talk with Chase Mielke about ways new teachers can keep their flame for educating ignited. After a decade of reflection Mielke compiled a list of what he calls his five "Passion Stokers" for educators. * Find a positive tribe* Curate the good, don't hoard the bad* Forgive* Own your present and future* Craft your calling Mielke, who has been teaching for over a decade in Michigan is quick to acknowledge that many teachers will fight burnout at some point and he believes much of that burnout will come from something other than students. "The main cause I think stems from a lot of conflicts and perceptions that a are adult-driven rather than student-driven," says Milke. Mielke says a lack of autonomy or respect, colleague conflict, and struggles connecting with parents are leading causes of teacher burnout. Practice what you preach Mielke, who authored "The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again", says ther...

45 MINSEP 17
Comments
How to keep your passion for teaching fueled

Is your student data safe?

Cybersecurity Incidents Strike Often A recent report highlighted on EdSurge says a new cybersecurity incident strikes K-12 schools nearly every three days. Now more than ever, school districts are reliant on using computers and servers to store student and employee data and burden of securing that data is a massive undertaking for educators. For most districts, the challenge of protecting data is a chief responsibility for the director of technology. The person charged with guarding that data has to plan for attacks in several forms, which include but are not limited to. * Denial of Service Attacks* Phishing Scams* Ransomware How to "mitigate" the problem? "The key is not complete containment. That is not possible," says SchoolStatus CEO Russ Davis. "The gold standard is mitigation." Davis has been working with school districts for over a decade and he says there are steps districts can take to reduce risk to a reasonable amount. Davis believes that districts need to have policies a...

52 MINSEP 11
Comments
Is your student data safe?

Inquiry-Based​ Learning with Trevor MacKenzie

What is Inquiry-Based Learning? In Episode 116 we talk with Inquiry-Based Learning expert Trevor MacKenzie. MacKenzie has authored two books on the topic and just returned from an Australian Tour in which he was spreading the word about Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL). For MacKenzie, IBL is all about getting the students to have a more active roll in the class and exploring students questions and curiosities as entry points into the curriculum. "Sometimes that teacher is in the front of the room and leading the way so to speak," says MacKenzie. "Sometimes that teacher is that guide along the ride. Someone who facilitating and supporting learnings." Makenzie, who trains educators around the globe on how to implement IBL says they're trying to do is give the classroom experience over to the students. He says students should be able to take ownership of what they're learning. Where does an educator begin? Makenzie pushes for a gradual release of responsibility from the teacher to the stud...

32 MINSEP 4
Comments
Inquiry-Based​ Learning with Trevor MacKenzie

Residency programs work for doctors, so how about teachers?

"The start of something big" When most students attend a university to get a medical, nursing, or pharmacy degree, they typically participate in a residency program. So it should come as no surprise to hear that Universities around the country are now testing similar programs for teachers. Over the next several years, Dr. Ben Burnett, of Williams Carey University, will be piloting a teacher residency program in South Mississippi. Dr. Ben Burnett. Dean, School of Education, William Carey University "Doesn't it make sense that somebody taking care of our children would go out and do a residency within the school building and see what that's like?" says Burnett. Burnett knows that a teacher residency program won't just better prepare future teachers; he believes it will improve teacher retention. He says the nation is down 35% in undergraduate teacher education over the last decade. But this year WCU is experiencing a 25% spike. "We're hoping to be on the start of something big." With ...

46 MINAUG 28
Comments
Residency programs work for doctors, so how about teachers?

Ways to energize students at the start of the school year

Lay a foundation with your students on day one On the first day or two of school, it can be tempting to want to lay the ground rules. You know, set the expectations about workload, go over the rules, and fill out required forms. ButRick Wormeliwants to challenge educators to think differently this year. Wormeli, who is one of the first Nationally Board Certified Teachers in America, says that students want to know that you're going to transcend their current condition and help them aspire to something more than they are. "And when all they [students] get is more rules and regulations they realize one more year where there's nothing here for me." Wormeli recommends laying a foundation of meaningful relationships with students by mixing in activities that allow you to get to know and understand where the students are coming from. Wormeli recently listed ways this can be accomplished in a recent article he penned forAMLE, and he elaborates on those ideas in Episode 114 of the Class Dis...

36 MINAUG 20
Comments
Ways to energize students at the start of the school year